The Discovery Institute constantly touts their “theory” of intelligent design as a new scientific paradigm — one which goes beyond what they sneeringly refer to as “materialism.” To promote their “science,” they behave in a way that is utterly unlike the way advocates of actual science theories have ever behaved before.
The last century has seen numerous new theories — relativity, the Big Bang, quantum mechanics, plate tectonics, etc., that encountered initial resistance, but which were eventually accepted — after going through the usual ordeals faced by any new theory: (1) publication in peer-reviewed journals; (2) vigorous debates among knowledgeable scientists; and (3) the gradual accumulation of verifiable evidence supporting the new theory, which was incompatible with any competing theory.
The Discoveroids do it differently. First, they concocted their “theory” for obvious legal and religious purposes — see What is the “Wedge Document”?. Second, they embarked on a public relations campaign, including various “documentaries” extolling the alleged virtues of their ‘theory” and the allegedly ruthless tactics of their opponents, who are claimed to be leftists, atheists, materialists, and “Darwin lobbyists.” Third, they attempt to get arguments for their “theory” legislated into public school classrooms — see Curmudgeon’s Guide to “Academic Freedom” Laws.
Another Discoveroid tactic is to build grass-roots support for their “theory” by conducting numerous revivals around the country, usually at churches and bible colleges, but sometimes at rented facilities at universities (which they publicize as university conferences). These events serve an additional purpose — it enables Discoveroid lobbyists to identify local politicians, who are often instrumental in promoting creationist bills in their state legislatures.
The Discoveroids recently announced yet another creationist revival: Register for Christian Scientific Society Conference, Hosted at Discovery Institute, November 13-14. It has no author’s byline. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
The Christian Scientific Society (CSS) is an ID-friendly organization launched by University of Pittsburgh physicist David Snoke to foster discussion among scientists about Christianity and science.
We’ve written about that guy before — see David Snoke: Creationist Physicist? He and Behe co-authored an article, which was mentioned in the Kitzmiller opinion — see Kitzmiller v. Dover: Michael Behe’s Testimony. Back to the Discoveroids’ announcement:
While it’s a Christian group, their conferences are open to the public, and one does not have to be a Christian, or an advocate of intelligent design, to attend. Discovery Institute is pleased to announce that we’ll be hosting their regional conference on November 13-14 at our offices in downtown Seattle. The theme of the meeting will be “What is Information?”
What is “information”? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! See Phlogiston, Vitalism, and Information.
Then they list the speakers with brief descriptions of each. Among the worthies, besides Snoke, will be Doug Axe, Biologic Institute (the Discoveroids’ very own creation science lab), and Casey Luskin, our favorite creationist.
They give a link where you can go to register, so if you’re in the mood for some of that ol’ fashioned, down-home, foot-stompin’, hand-clappin’, psalm-singin’, floor-rollin’, rafter-shakin’, old-time creationism, now you know where to find it.
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